Category Archives: Crop Management

Post Emerge Program Success

It’s almost the end of July, and as I have been traveling around the state, I have seen a lot of soybean fields. Some (Image 1 shown below) have weeds that have come through the herbicide program and do not even show signs of being sprayed. Others (Image 2 -treated with the SOIL SERVICE, INC. program) are clean.

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In the picture above of the clean field of Liberty Link soybeans, the operator used the program that I have been recommending for the past five (5) years with Liberty herbicide.

 Here is that program, applied between the V-3 and V-5 stage of the soybean grow:

  • Minimum of 20 gallons’ spray solution per acre
  • 24 ounces SOIL BOOST PLUS per acre
  • 32 ounces MAX 72 SRN per acre
  • 32 ounces LANDOIL per acre
  • 16 ounces SUGAR E-BOOST per acre
  • 2 gallons’ FOLIAR OPP for Beans per acre
  • 32 ounces Liberty Herbicide per acre

This post emerge program has been working very well for everyone that has been using it!  But, if you have fields that have a history of resistant weeds, don’t rely on just a post spray for control. Here are a few management tips that I have seen working very well.

  1. Spray weeds before they reach 4 inches in height – easier to kill!
  2. Use a pre-emergent herbicide.
  3. Rotate crops. That will allow you to rotate herbicides with different modes of action.
  4. Plant a cover crop. The competition and the heavy residue helps keep the weed pressure down.

On August 17, SOIL SERVICE, INC. is having a CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at our home office and research farm near Niota, Illinois. We would like for you to attend if possible. We will have representatives from Ag Leader, Yetter, Salford Equipment, as well as our team from SOIL SERVICE to answer questions that you may have concerning this topic as well as others.

Now Is The Time For Foliar Feeding

I returned to John Hansman’s last week to deliver some more Foliar Opp for soybeans. The field below had Foliar Opp applied prior (at about the V-4 stage).  Looking back at a previous blog, this was a field where there was concern over the population, after all the extreme rain we received in April. Yes, there were some areas in the field that were patched in, and this is what the field looks like today.

Local cash price for new crop soybeans is $9.30 this morning. At this price, it only takes a two bushel per acre increase to pay for the Foliar Opp. History has shown that we can get anywhere from a 5 to 10 bushel per acre yield bump when Foliar Opp is applied.

If you are interested in foliar feeding your soybeans, NOW is the time to contact us to get yours ordered and delivered. V-4 up to V-6 is the first window for application, with the second window coming at the R-1 stage. Foliar Opp can be applied with your herbicide and or your fungicide program.

Valmar Seeder & AerWay Cover Crop Follow Up



SOIL SERVICE, INC is a  Valmar Dealer, and if you have an interest in seeding your covercrop this way, let us know and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.  


Last fall we incorporated our cereal rye covercrop with the Aerway/Remlinger Harrow after broadcasting with fertlizer. Got a good stand! Now, there is another option, the Valmar Air Seeder mounted on the Aerway.  A great way to do two operations in one!

Good stand of cereal rye!

June 20, 2017

Not only did we incorporate the cover crop last fall with great results, we also broadcast fertlizer and wheat after soybeans, and used the AERWAY/REMLINGER HARROW to work it in. At that time, the decesion had not been made whether it was going to be harvested for silage bales or grain. As the season progressed, the wheat looked better and better! Good decision, this field averaged 77 bushels per acre across the scales at the elevator.

Ok, I’ve heard of some 100 bushel yeilds on some high input fields. This field was not high input! Small amout of P & K spread with the wheat, 50 units of N top dressed in March, and copper added to the herbicide application.

Nice view from the combine cab!

We have said many times that the AERWAY/REMLINGER HARROW is the most versatile VERTICAL TILLAGE TOOL on the market today. Whether for pastures, fall tillage, spring tillage, or for incorporating small grains, cover crops, and grass seed, the AERWAY/REMLINGER HARROW will get the job done!



Evaluating Stands in Bean Fields After Rain

I have been getting out in the field with my hula hoop this week checking the stands in some soybean fields where there is a lot of cover crop residue. Because of all the recent rains and the residue, there seems to be some real variation in the populations, especially in areas where water ponded for any length of time.

I know that many of you are getting beans planted for the first time but if you had beans planted ahead of all the rain that we’ve had or even some of the rain that we just had in the last week, it would be a good time to evaluate those stands.

Contact me at jviertel@soilserviceinc.com

Hansman No-Till Soybean Field

Crop Choice Starter Program on Soybeans

The pictures with this blog were taken May 16, 2017.

I stopped by John Hansman’s no till soybean field, just north of Columbia, Mo, on Tuesday morning to see how his soybeans were doing after all the rain we had earlier this month. As you can see they were planted into a heavy cereal rye cover crop which he had burned down previously. This field was planted using the Crop Choice starter program for soybeans (3-18-18-1, Manganese, Calcium, Zinc, and included Liquid Bacteria Concentrate & Soil Restorer) and there are beans coming through the thick mat of cover, and still beans coming up underneath.

I haven’t put my hula hoop in the truck yet, so a population count wasn’t done yesterday, and we both wondered if the stand was going to be thick enough. With the very wet and cool conditions we have had, having the Crop Choice program under the soybean seed (and now the young plants) will give them   that extra vigor they need to get through the heavy cover. Soybeans can compensate for lower populations, still yielding very well, and we should have patience in this situation and see how many more plants emerge through the mulch of the cover crop. The soil was wet under the mulch, and rain is in the forecast, so putting in more beans now could not be done anyway. I am going to check back with John and his field periodically, and let you know how it’s going.

John Viertel, CCA